Overcoming Sickness at the Workplace
Imagine feeling inspired for your important presentation due tomorrow, until sneezing Suzy and coughing Cory share their germs with you today, causing you to feel lousy tomorrow – being sick at work. It should come as no surprise that millions of individuals worldwide get colds and flu every year. This can seriously impact the workplace, causing employees to miss work, or attend work while sick and infecting their colleagues. The financial impact is staggering. Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect costs? Between $U.S. 3 billion to $12 billion a year. Source: Web MD.
Many employees are hesitant to take sick days. A survey conducted by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business arm of office products retailer Staples Inc., found 65 percent of employees are coming to work sick. Only 80 percent are cleaning their work areas once a week or less, making any work area a potential hot zone for germs. Put it all together, and employers could face one pesky pathogen after another this winter. Small firms are even more vulnerable to productivity losses due to seasonal illness. Click here for the full article.
How do you keep sick employees from becoming a drain on productivity? While it’s important for every workplace to have a good cold and flu healthcare routine, Cold-Q™ enhancement can be a valuable addition to the program.
Keeping your workplace healthy
– Keep a bottle of cold-Q™ at your workstation, ready to spray anytime you’re feeling vulnerable
– Ensure these products are easily accessible: tissues, soap, paper towels and disinfectant gels and wipes.
– Wipe down your workstation on a frequent basis, including your computer keyboard and so on with products labeled with “kills 99% germs.”
– Clean your workplace on a regular basis.
– Wash your hands after shaking hands with someone you think may have a cold
Employers have a duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of their workers. More information about Employer and Employee responsibilities can be found at The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Flu and Your Workplace.
Cold-Q™ can help at the workplace:
Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect costs? Between $U.S. 3 billion to $12 billion a year. Source: Web MD.
Bottom line, your healthy habits and avoiding sick colleagues may help you stock pile your sick days for when you really need them – or use them to just play hookey!
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